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Fuentes, Carlos

(1928-2012) Mexican diplomat and author whose acerbic Magic Realism – a more worldly version of that idiom than found in the works of his coeval, Gabriel García Márquez (1928-2014) – featured in stories and novels from the 1950s on. From his first collection of short stories – Los días enmascarados ["The Masked Days"] (coll 1954; part trans Margaret Sayers Peden as Burnt Water, 1980) Fuentes made a foray into fantastic literature. In the same collection he ...

Kinsella, W P

(1935-2016) Canadian author whose first stories, assembled as Dance Me Outside (coll 1977) and Scars (coll 1978), deal with Native Canadians, centring on the figure of Silas Ermineskin. He remains best known, however, for his Baseball tales, several examples of which are discussed in that entry; these can be found in such collections as The Thrill of the Grass (coll 1984), The Alligator Report (coll 1985), The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt: Baseball Stories (coll 1988), The Dixon ...

Phantom Empire, The

Serial Film (1935; vt Gene Autry and the Phantom Empire); non-serial version as Radio Ranch (1940; vt Men with Steel Faces). Mascot Pictures. Directed by Otto Brower and Breezy Easton. Written by Gerald Geraghty, H Freedman and Wallace MacDonald, very loosely based on The Coming Race (1871) by Edward Bulwer Lytton. Cast includes Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Dorothy Christy, Frankie Darro, J Frank Glendon, Wheeler Oakman and Betsy King Ross. Serial release 12 episodes, total 245 minutes; theatre ...

Mace, Elisabeth

(1933-    ) UK author of Young Adult novels, of which several are of sf interest. The Leven sequence – comprising Ransome Revisited (1975; vt Out There 1975) and The Ruston Inheritance (1978) – is set in a depopulated Ruined-Earth UK, initially in an isolated dictatorial enclave in the UK, from which the young protagonists escape; the second volume, set in the same world, begins a process of recovery of the past. The Freedom Cage (1980) follows its protagonist ...

Lang, Simon

Pseudonym of US screenwriter and author Darlene Hartman (1934-    ), her work under this name consisting of the Skipjack sequence of Space Operas, beginning with All the Gods of Eisernon (1973) and The Elluvon Gift (1975), these two tales constituting a casual series, both featuring the Terran starship Skipjack and both set in the same loose-slung set of Galactic Empires and democracies. The first novel is the more ambitious, presenting in the planet Eisernon an idyllic ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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